November 22, 2004
Re the Nov. 18 letter about the lack of success with school reform: A few years ago, there was a mandate by the state to end social promotion. It didn't happen, and we are still plagued with the ramifications of placing youngsters into learning environments that they are unprepared for. Placing ill-equipped and unmotivated youngsters into academic settings is like putting children with missing limbs who don't particularly like the water on...
April 26, 2004 |
Supporters and opponents of social promotion are fighting last century's war. Grouping students by age and advancing them in lock step is an artifact of the agrarian calendar and factory model of schooling that emerged in the late 19th century. That it is still with us is a commentary on just how conservative schooling is. If the school clock and calendar once made sense, they no longer do. It is time to rethink the organization we call school, and with it the very idea of social promotion.
February 22, 2004 |
The practice of social promotion in New York City schools: A) Affects students' self-esteem. B) Distorts academic achievement. C) Is a source of heated debate. D) All of the above -- and more. Vowing to end social promotion, which can advance students with shaky academic skills, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced last month that scores on the standardized English and math tests to be given this spring would be the only factors used to determine whether a third-grader moved on or was held back.
July 20, 2002
My comment about "giving up" is the beginning, not the end, of what's happening at Fremont High School ("A School Flails in a Sea of Chaos," July 14). Teachers have not given up on our students or the school, only on the possibility of real reform coming out of the LAUSD or the state auditing process. Although our students often lack the skills to fully express their ideas in standard academic English, we know they are intelligent, sensitive and capable of higher-level thinking. We are often moved by their thoughtfulness, creativity and insight, in spite of the terrible toll taken in day-to-day ways by violence, poverty and racism.
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August 4, 2001
So, school board President Caprice Young was angry because she participated in a June 9 graduation ceremony and gave achievement certificates to students who, in fact, had not successfully completed their course work (" 'Graduates' Honored at a Dubious Exercise," July 27). Young shouldn't have been surprised, as phony graduations are rampant throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District. They are called "culminations" and are done at the end of the fifth grade. Students wear good clothes, in some cases specially bought for the occasion, make short speeches and are given certificates just before they go on to middle school.
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July 15, 2001
For many Orange County students, summer means not the beach or round-the-clock video games but summer school. Some are there to get a leg up on the new academic year, but more than 20,000 are back in classrooms because they are struggling with reading, writing and math. Schools, parents and students are coming to terms with a year-old state law banning social promotion, the misguided practice of automatically advancing students to the next grade.